It has been a while since the last ink review so today we will look at the next ink in our Diamine Shimmering series, a sparkly black. For a brand overview of all of the inks that will be reviewed in this series, follow this link.
When looking at the chromatography sample, it can be seen that this ink contains light yellow and blue in addition to the black that makes up the majority.
Maybe I should have reviewed this ink in October because I really can't think of an occasion where a sparkly black ink would be used except for correspondence around Halloween time. The ink is nice enough, it is highly saturated and very dark. While the fleck is silver, the blue component in the ink tends to tint the silver. The shimmer effect really is very subtle in the writing samples and it could easily go unnoticed if the reader wasn't looking for it. The swabs do a much better job of showing it off but very few of us are using this ink for art purposes.
Of the three papers tested, the effect was the least interesting on the Tomoe River which is a surprise to me since this is a very high performing paper. I don't think that there is much point in comparing this ink to others, it is black, there are countless choices for black ink on the market but none have any sparkle to them. If you are looking for a really good standard black ink, opt for either Aurora Black or Sailor Kiwa Guro.
Diamine provided the inks in this review series. I do not feel that my opinions of this ink have been affected by receiving the samples free of charge.